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Poster: Fiddleback Date: Oct 4, 2010 12:37am
Forum: audio_podcast Subject: Random Changing File Links

Not quite sure how to explain this or exactly what is going on, but I'll give it a shot.

I run a podcast. The mp3 files for that podcast are hosted here at archive.org. I link, through our blog (and thus generate the RSS feed which is run through feedburner) directly to the mp3 file for each episode as shown via the HTTP link here at archive.org. So far so good, that part of the process works (or rather worked) well.

The problem is that some of the direct links appear to change over time. For example, this:

http://ia360704.us.archive.org/10/items/GameOn-Episode49pieInTheSky/gameon_episode049.mp3

has suddenly become this:

http://ia700105.us.archive.org/10/items/GameOn-Episode49pieInTheSky/gameon_episode049.mp3

The problem is that this of course screws up the feed as the files are no longer where they were originally and people can't find the older shows. Currently there are 15 episodes of my podcast that can not be found because of this. Naturally, this affects iTunes as well.

So my question has several parts:

1. What is going on that causes the links to change?
2. Can it be prevented?
3. If it can't be prevented, is there a way to be notified when the links change so I can at least keep up with it?
4. Is there a method for handling this that I am unaware of?
5. Anything else I need to know?

Thanks for reading and helping.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffDetective John Carter of Mars Date: Oct 4, 2010 7:39pm
Forum: audio_podcast Subject: Re: Random Changing File Links

shuffling is normal so stable link pointer is
http://www.archive.org/download/some-item/some-filename-inside-item

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Poster: Fiddleback Date: Oct 4, 2010 7:44pm
Forum: audio_podcast Subject: Re: Random Changing File Links

So in the example above it should be
http://www.archive.org/download/GameOn-Episode49pieInTheSky/gameon_episode049.mp3 instead, yes?

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Poster: AllGenGamers Date: Oct 6, 2010 3:11pm
Forum: audio_podcast Subject: Re: Random Changing File Links

I am having the same exact problem as you. I clicked on the "stable" link and it still takes me to
http://ia700105.us.archive.org/10/items/GameOn-Episode49pieInTheSky/gameon_episode049.mp3
I guess this is normal? It totally screwed me over too on my podcast feed and stats.

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